Describe Your First Day At School

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe your first day at school.

You should say
Where was it? 
What happened?
Explain how you felt on that day?

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answers and follow up questions to describe your first day at school with IELTS cue card:

Model Answer 1

Well, a person’s mind stores many good and bad memories he/ she gets from a different period. It depends upon a person which memories want to share with others or not. Today, I am going to talk about my old school.

I had been to three schools in my life. I lived in Ambala when I was three years old. I joined the military school there, but after one year, my family and I moved to my hometown. I took admission in another school there. I studied from nursery to eight there and then moved to its second branch, which was a kilometre away from it.  

Where was it?
I don’t have a clear remembrance of my primary schools, so I would like to talk about my secondary school. My school name is GTB Khalsa Senior Secondary school, Malout. It is affiliated with the Punjab school education board. 

What kind of building was it located in? 
The building design was eco-friendly and green. It had three stories only, and my classroom was on the first floor. It had double-walled construction for heat insulation, high-efficiency air-conditioning systems, solar energy usage, and wastewater recycling and treatment. All the classrooms across the school were enabled with smart boards. They facilitate the learning of the students. The interactive board turned a typical classroom into a fun learning environment.

There were all types of labs, such as computer, chemistry, physics, biology, and home science lab, which were equipped with the latest technology. The great thing about the building was that each of its floors was fully equipped with fire extinguishing tools. 

What happened? and Explain how you felt on that day.
I was very nervous on the first day because I heard a lot about the school rules and its strictness. Except one of all, my classmates were new. We were entered into the class half an hour before the time, and we felt relaxed when we started to talk with other students. 

I saw a half school in the morning. So I decided to see the whole school during the lunch break. After lunch, I was wandering in the school and saw all the rooms and labs. It was true that the school’s rules were very strict, but the teachers were very friendly. I studied from ninth to twelfth there. 

Model Answer 2


My first day at school was one that I will never forget. 

Where was it? 
The school was located in a small town, surrounded by fields and forests. I remember feeling nervous and excited as I walked through the gates and into the schoolyard.

As I entered the building, I was greeted by the sounds of children laughing and playing. I followed the other students to my classroom, where I met my teacher for the first time. She was kind and welcoming, and she introduced me to the other children in my class.

What happened?
Throughout the day, we participated in a variety of activities. We learned about different subjects such as math, science, history, and language arts. In math, we practiced counting and basic arithmetic. In science, we learned about plants and animals. In history, we learned about important events from the past. And in language arts, we practiced reading and writing.

Explain how you felt on that day?
I remember feeling overwhelmed at times, but also incredibly happy to be starting this new chapter in my life. As the day came to an end, I said goodbye to my new friends and walked home with a smile on my face. I felt proud of myself for making it through my first day at school, and I was excited to see what the future would hold.

Overall, my first day at school was a wonderful experience. It was a day filled with new experiences, new friends, and new beginnings. And even though it was many years ago, I still remember it like it was yesterday.

Model Answer 3


  • I have been to two schools in my life.
  • My primary school was different from my secondary school.
  • I have vague remembrances of my primary school as I was too small then.

Where was it? 

  • Here I would like to talk about my secondary school in which I studied from 6th to 12th class.
  • My school’s name was SD Model Senior Secondary School.

What happened?

  • I vividly remember I was very nervous on the first day.
  • This school was much bigger than my primary school.
  • I was afraid of getting lost there.
  • I was a little bit excited also.
  • I just walked inside with the other students and went where they were going.
  • I was a new face for them, so many of them were staring at me.
  • I asked one student about where 6th class was.
  • Coincidently she was also in 6th class.
  • She took me to her class.
  • That was the beginning of my new friendship.
  • Her name was Harleen, and till today we are the best of friends.
  • She made me feel very comfortable.
  • All my nervousness vanished.
  • We attended the classes before the lunch break, and during recess, she showed me the whole school.

Explain how you felt on that day?

  • I was awed by the infrastructure of the school.
  • There were separate labs for physics, chemistry, and computer science.
  • There was also a huge library.
  • Badminton and volleyball courts were also there.
  • The canteen was the most impressive.
  • All the teachers were also very nice.


  • I studied for seven years in that school.
  • Those were the most memorable years of my life.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe your first day at school”.

1. Do you think students should be taken to school by their parents or go by themselves? 
Children in primary classes should not go to school by themselves. Either the parents should drop them, or they should arrange a van or bus. Children in high school and secondary school can go on their own.

2. Should children rely on their parents or be independent?
Children should rely on their parents till they are studying. Once they complete their studies, they should start earning and become independent.

3. How can children become more independent?
Children can become more independent if parents let them take small decisions on their own when they are very young. If parents allow children some freedom, then children can become independent very soon. It also depends on education and job. If children start earning, they can become independent very soon.

4. What is the effect if parents interfere with children’s life too much?
If parents interfere with children’s lives too much, they either become rebels or withdraw into a shell and become introverts. Their personality is snubbed, and they cannot develop to their full potential.

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